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METZ announce new album, Strange Peace, share roaring “Cellophane”: Stream

Plus, an extensive run of tour dates across North America and Europe

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    Photo by Ebru Yildiz

    Canadian noise-rockers METZ are prepping to return with their third album. Titled Strange Peace, it’s due for arrival September 22nd through Sub Pop.

    Their first full-length since 2015’s METZ II was recorded live to tape with renowned studio genius Steve Albini (Robert Plant, Cloud Nothings). Taking on mixing duties was Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck, who’s previously worked with the likes of Alvvays and Operators.

    “We tracked fourteen songs in four days. It was the first time we felt confident enough to just play live and roll tape,” METZ guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins explained of the recording process in a press statement. “Strange Peace is much more diverse and varied than anything we’ve done before, which was exhilarating, but terrifying, too. We took the tapes home to Toronto feeling like we’d made the record we wanted to make.”

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    In terms of theme, the tracks on the LP are said to be about “uncertainty.” “They’re about recognizing that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears,” Edkins continued. “They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.”

    METZ are teasing Strange Peace with “Cellophane”, a hard-hitting number that combines their affections for noise-addled with sweaty rock ‘n’ roll. Stream it below.

    Strange Peace Artwork:

    Strange Peace Tracklist:
    01. Mess of Wires
    02. Drained Lake
    03. Cellophane
    04. Caterpillar
    05. Lost in the Blank City
    06. Mr. Plague
    07. Sink
    08. Common Trash
    09. Escalator Teeth
    10. Dig a Hole
    11. Raw Materials

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    In support of the album, METZ have lined up an extensive run of international tour dates, which includes gigs across both North America and Europe.

    METZ 2017 Tour Dates:
    09/05 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
    09/07 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
    09/25 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
    09/29 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
    09/30 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
    10/02 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
    10/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ The First Unitarian Church
    10/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    10/05 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    10/06 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
    10/08 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
    11/02 – Prague, CZ @ Futurm
    11/03 – Wroclaw, PL @ Klub Firlej
    11/04 – Warsaw, PL @ Klub Hydrozagadka
    11/06 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu
    11/07 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
    11/08 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust
    11/09 – Zwolle, NL @ Poppodium Hedon
    11/10 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kruen
    11/12 – La Havre, FR @ Le Tetris
    11/14 – Nimes, FR @ La Paloma
    11/15 – Bordeaux, FR @ Theatre Barbey
    11/16 – Toulouse, FR @ Club Metronum
    11/17 – Barcelona, ES @ La (2) De Apolo
    11/18 – Madrid, ES @ Moby Dick
    11/20 – Nantes, FR @ Pole Etudiant
    11/21 – Paris, FR @ La Trabendo
    11/22 – London, UK @ The Garage
    11/23 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
    11/24 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
    11/25 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
    12/07 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    12/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt
    12/09 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
    12/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent
    12/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram
    12/13 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
    12/15 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
    12/16 – Houston, TX @ Studio at Warehouse Live

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